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james morrison
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Michael Coleman
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Fiddle solo, Eileen O'Shea - piano, Decca 12056. It is curious that these hornpipes would be labeled as barndances, which have structural and rhythmic features which distinguish them from other 4/4 tunes. The slow pace and flat keys of these tunes stand out from Coleman's usual playing of hornpipes, but otherwise they're played in his usual manner. The first tune is called the Souvenir de Venice in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in the 1880s. It is believed to be the composition of...
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Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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Irish bagpipes solo, Ted Levy - piano, Victor 18286. This long medley of jigs starts with a tune which has long been popular with Scottish pipers; the Connaughtman's Rambles and The Joy of My Life (better known as the Donnybrook Jig) are still staples among amateur players of Irish music. Nancy Hynes is a version of the well-known jig Banish Misfortune; it was later recorded by piper Jimmie McLaughlin as Judy Hynes, which is also featured on this site. The setting of Nancy Hynes in O'Neill's...
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Bagpipe, Uilleann, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Tom Ennis
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Bagpiper Tom Ennis plays a medley of three traditional Irish reels - "The Maid That Left The County", "Drowsy Maggie", and "Around the World for Sport" - in this 1917 recording. From the original 78rpm disk.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Bagpipe, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm
Source: Original 78rpm disk digitized by old78collector
78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Ennis, Morrison and Muller
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Tom Ennis (Irish Pipes), James Morrison (Violin) and John Muller (Piano) perform "The Blackbird" on this recording dating from June 14, 1922.  From the original 78rpm disk (Columbia A3679)
Topics: Irish, Celtic, folk, traditional, bagpipes, fiddle, Irish Pipes, world music, 1920s, 78rpm
Source: Original 78rpm disk digitized by old78collector
78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by James Morrison
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Fiddle solo, John Muller - piano, Okeh 21009. Morrison's duet partner Tom Ennis had recorded the first jig two years earlier, calling it the Maid in the Meadow, and it is this title which is better-known now. Ennis's recording may be heard on this site, as well. Castlebar Races was recorded in the 30s by flute players John McKenna and Eddie Meehan, confusingly enough with the title Mist on the Meadows.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Paddy Killoran
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Fiddle solo, Jim McGinn - piano, Decca 12103. Paddy on the Turnpike was also recorded by Coleman and Morrison. Pipers usually call this tune the Bunch of Keys, often dispensing with the flat notes in the melody. The melody is related to the hornpipes the Groves and the Drunken Sailor, and is found in innumerable New World variants. Michael Gallagher's piping recording of the Collier's may be heard on this site; a recording of flute player John Griffin playing the tune and lilting will be made...
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Paddy Killoran
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Fiddle solo, Jim McGinn - piano, Decca 12201. In the 50s and 60s The Mason's Apron became associated with Belfast fiddler Sean Maguire, who developed a multi part version requiring a good deal of technical ability to play. Flute player Matt Molloy still plays Maguire's variations as a solo when performing with the Chieftains. Still at its heart is the original two part reel, as recorded by Killoran and others such as accordionist Frank Murphy, a lively tune with plenty of scope for variation....
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Paddy Killoran
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Fiddle solo, unknown - piano, Decca 12204. Coleman called the first tune the Killarney Wonder, Morrison's title was Roderick. Morrison also recorded another tune he called Highland Bonnet, and both that recording and Roderick are available on this site.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Paddy Killoran
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Fiddle solo, unknown - piano, Decca 12145. A medley which is occasionally recreated by Killoran fans. Paddy's wife was from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, and the well-known fiddler Junior Crehan remembered Paddy playing these reels on visits to his wife's hometown, they being great favorites of his. These tunes were popularized by this record as well. Sean Maguire's father had a different and very nice reel he called the Gatehouse Maid as well.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Paddy Killoran
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Fiddle solo, unknown - piano, Decca 12145. The first tune isn't the familiar piping jig in the key of G, but a fiddler's tune in D. Paddy follows it with a tune which is known all over the British Isles and America; often in America it is one of only a handful of 6/8 tunes known.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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Fiddle, Charles Wilkins - banjo, and piano, Columbia 33267-F. Pioneering Old Time singer/fiddler Fiddlin' John Carson also recorded a song called If There Weren't Any Women in the World, but with a different melody than this one. The title seems to fit in with the last few bars of the second part here, which culminates in a high D, requiring the fiddler to shift position. It can easily be played in G, though.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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J.M. and unknown - fiddles, Tom Banks - piano, Martin Christi - guitar, Columbia 33554-F. From the Morrison Orchestra's last session. Innisfail is a romantic name for Ireland, and also the largest island in the Lakes of Killarney. The tune for this rather obscure poem/song is that also used for the better-know Snowy Breasted Pearl. An Innisfail Irish Orchestra recorded some polkas in 1930, and this may be heard on the CD Oldtime Records: Vol 1. U.S. Recordings - Traditional Irish Recordings...
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle, Accordion
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Tom Ennis and James Morrison
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Irish bagpipes and fiddle, Columbia A3773, John Muller - piano. The first two jigs are solos by Ennis and Morrison, who then join up for the Wedding Trip, which is now called the Rambling Pitchfork. Sometimes titles were changed to deceive the prospective buyer into thinking they were getting a new tune on a disc. Patsy Touhey had recorded a version of the Maid on the Green which went up to C in the second octave, easy enough on the pipes chanter but difficult for a fiddler, who has to shift up...
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Bagpipe, Uilleann, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by James Morrison
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Fiddle solo, Jack Eldrige - piano, Gennet 5445. In Sliabh Luachra this is played as a slide, and called the Weaver's. Many tunes in 4/4 can be played in 12/8 in this fashion, which perhaps is a source of new material that hasn't been tapped recently. Certainly hearing Sliabh Luachra musicians play the slide, you wouldn't suspect its ancestry in Scottish music. Paddy Killoran recorded another tune called Highland Bonnet in the 30s, and his recording will be available on this site as well.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by James Morrison
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Two fiddles and piano, Columbia 33542-F. The piano player is almost undoubtedly Tony Banks, but the identity of the other fiddler on this and other Morrison recordings remains a mystery. Paddy Killoran was Morrison's student when Killoran first arrived in NYC, but apparently they had a falling out. Jackie Roche was another Morrison student who was an excellent fiddler who made a solo LP for the Avoca label in the 50s, but whether he was old enough to play on these records I'm not certain. This...
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by James Morrison and John McKenna
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Tin Whistle and Flute, unknown - piano, Columbia 33357-F. Morrison plays tin whistle on this disc, the other side of which was on Viva Voce's 2 cassette Morrison release "The Professor." Morrison solos on Miss Hogan's, otherwise known as the Boys of the Lough. They finish with two parts of the Boys of Ballisodare. It is noteworthy that the piper Willie Clancy also didn't bother with the third part of this tune, which is more suited to the fiddle.
Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle, Flute
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78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings
by Michael Coleman and Paddy Finlay
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Fiddle and piccolo, Ed Geoghean - piano, Brunswick 68002. Old Man Dillon was better known from James Morrison and PJ Conlon's recording. Tom Kerrigan was a Leitrim piper who emigrated to New York City, where he ran a public house featuring his piping backed up by a piano player, and waiters who could dance a step or sing if called upon. Kerrigan gave lodgings to the Taylor Brothers, pipemakers from Drogheda, who developed the high volume pipes in concert pitch, as distinct from the older,...
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Topics: Irish, Celtic, Folk, Oldtime, 78rpm, Fiddle, Flute
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